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Is instant coffee as healthy as freshly ground coffee?

Alex | January 26, 2023

As an office or facilities manager, you know that keeping your team happy and healthy is a top priority. One way to do this is by providing high-quality coffee in the office. But is instant coffee the way to go, or is freshly ground coffee from a bean-to-cup machine the better and healthier choice?

What’s the difference?

First of all, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of coffee. Instant coffee is made by dehydrating brewed coffee and then turning it into a fine powder or granules. This process means that the coffee has already been roasted, ground, and brewed before it even reaches your cup.

Freshly ground coffee is made by grinding whole coffee beans and brewing them all by the touch of a button. Because of this, the coffee is at its freshest and most flavourful when you drink it.

So, is freshly ground coffee a better choice than instant for your office team? For one thing, many people believe it simply tastes better. Because it’s freshly ground and brewed, the coffee has a fuller, richer flavour than instant coffee. Coffee connoisseurs will likely be disappointed by the often weak, watered-down taste of instant.

Health benefits

In addition to taste, freshly ground coffee also has some health benefits that instant doesn’t offer. Freshly ground offers a higher source of antioxidants. These can help to protect your body against free radicals and reduce the risk of certain diseases.

It’s also a low-calorie beverage, making it a healthier choice than sugary drinks like soda or juice. Instant coffee can also be low in calories. However, it’s important to be mindful of any added sugars or flavourings used to improve the taste of instant.

Office perks

Another surprising reason to choose premium freshly ground coffee is that it can help to improve the overall atmosphere of your office. Providing a high-quality barista-style coffee experience is a simple and affordable way to show your team you care. It’s a small perk that people value. It can go a long way in terms of employee satisfaction and supporting a positive workplace culture.


But what about the convenience of instant coffee? While it may be easier to just add a spoonful of instant coffee to a cup of hot water, it’s actually no more effort to operate a bean-to-cup machine. In fact with a bean-to-cup machine, users simply have to make their selection of coffee and hit a button. Plus, the process of grinding and brewing the coffee there and then adds a sense of ritual and enjoyment to the overall coffee-drinking experience.

What’s right for my team?

While instant coffee may at first seem like the easy choice, freshly ground coffee from a bean-to-cup machine offers a healthier and more enjoyable option for your office team. Not only does it taste better due to its fresher, less processed nature, but it can also improve employee satisfaction.

So if you’re considering what type of coffee to offer in the office, ditch the instant and the office kettle and go the extra mile and invest in a bean-to-cup machine. Your team (and their taste buds) will thank you for it.

Contact us

If you need any help in choosing an office coffee machine that’s right for you and your team, simply get in touch. We offer a free consultation at your office or alternatively, you can drop into our London showroom and where we’ll happily show you demonstrations and offer free coffee-tasting experiences.